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Syrian delegations arrive in Washington for UN General Assembly’s works

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Monday, three Syrian delegations arrived in US in conjunction with the onset of the works of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

A delegation of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) arrived in US capital Washington.

President of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Ilham Ahmad, topped the delegation accompanied by head of the Deir ez-Zor Local Council, Ghassan al-Youssef, and a number of AANES personalities.

Also, a delegation of the Syrian government is participating the works of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, the Syrian government official news agency SANA reported.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Faisal Mekdad is heading the Syrian government delegation, where the General Assembly is scheduled to hold a general discussion on the issues and items on its agenda.

On the margins of the General Assembly, Mekdad will hold a number of bilateral meetings with a number of foreign ministers and UN officials.

Additionally, Mekdad will participate in several events and activities that will be held within the framework of the works of the General Assembly.

“The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition is participating on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York,” the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said in a statement. 

The visit starts from New York on September 20 and ends in Washington on October 1.

The main demands of the delegation will be “to push the negotiating process forward and implement the UN Resolution 2254 and all relevant UN resolutions,” according to the statement.  

The SNC demanded to “pressure the Assad regime to engage seriously in the political process, in addition to discussing the situation on the ground, specifically what is going on in Idlib and Daraa, and support initiatives aimed at achieving stability in local communities in all Syrian regions.”

In Washington, the SNC delegation will meet with officials of the US State Department and the White House, where they will discuss the US position on the Syrian issue and the importance of supporting the Syrian opposition and resuming support for areas that are not run by the Syrian government forces.

The SNC delegation is headed by its president, Salem al-Maslat, head of the Syrian Negotiations Committee, Anas al-Abdah, co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi al-Bahra, and others.

In a press conference held in Istanbul on September 17, al-Maslat announced the existence of efforts “to strengthen the role of the SNC among its popular base and its relationship with all countries at the same distance and to adopt Syrian national agenda.”

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